AECOM and Jacobs have been unveiled as the firms responsible for supporting a review which will shape the future of Scotland’s transport infrastructure investment.
A contract to support the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) has been awarded to the combined team of consultants will consider future investment in all transport modes including the strategic road and rail networks as well as active travel, island connectivity, ferries and buses.
Subject to the mandatory standstill period, they will be appointed to begin their commission in the New Year.
Commenting on the appointment, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, reaffirmed how the Scottish Government was fully committed to building a sustainable transport system that supports the economy and helps deliver inclusive growth.
He added: “Work is already underway on the review of the National Transport Strategy which will set out a shared vision for a future of our transport system and the second Strategic Transport Projects Review will build on that by identifying the infrastructure required to make this a reality.
“We have given a commitment to a collaborative review that considers the views of other bodies, for example, transport authorities and stakeholders, businesses, community groups and special interest groups. We will be inviting parties to engage in due course and look forward to continuing with our ongoing conversations on transport and its wider benefits and impacts.”
It’s the second big win for Jacobs in the country after it was awarded a multi-million-pound contract by the City of Edinburgh Council to help develop the strategy, delivery plan and detailed business case for the transformation of Edinburgh city centre.
Supported by its partners, Jacobs will provide the delivery plan for the historic overhaul of the Scottish capital’s streets, public spaces and amenities to ensure it is future-proofed for generations to come. It will include strategies to make the city more accessible for residents, visitors and business, creating better connectivity with sustainable, smart and cleaner transport options, enhancing civic centres, and improving air quality.